Travel & Check-In


Students attending ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy will check-in at the residence hall on Sunday, June 13 at any time after 3:00pm but before 5:00 pm. Students may also choose to instead check-in on Monday, June 14 any time after 9:00 am but before 11:00 am. Please notify us in advance if you know you will be late.

STAPH Check-InCheck-in at the Academy

We would like to provide you with some additional information regarding move-in day so that you will know what to expect. Please come to the main lobby of Missouri Hall to check-in but leave your luggage in your car until you have completed the registration process (approximately 15-20 minutes).

When you first enter Missouri Hall to register, it may look a little chaotic. If you have any questions, ask anyone wearing a ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy Staff t-shirt for help. We will have several tables set up to facilitate your check-in.

Room Assignment Table. Here you will check-in and receive your room assignment. You will also receive your room key, student address, and network user ID. A $40.00 room key deposit will be required upon check-in to cover lost keys. Please bring exact change or a check made out to ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy. When you return your key at the conclusion of the Academy, you will receive a refund of this deposit.

Medical Table. You and your parents will turn in all medication to the Assistant Director. Exceptions will be made for students who have asthma inhalers, insulin, EpiPens, and topical medications.

Once these things have been taken care of, you are now ready to get your luggage and move into your room. If you haven’t eaten lunch yet, you are welcome to visit the Ryle Hall cafeteria (across campus) where student meals will occur during most of the session. The Ryle cafeteria will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Students and their families can purchase lunch for a nominal fee. After 12:45 you may visit restaurants in the Kirksville area to eat lunch prior to orientation.


Students must check out of the residence hall on Friday, June 18 between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Student may also check out on Saturday, June 19 between 8:00 am and 11:00 am. This presentation begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 7:00 pm. Students who stay Friday night can participate in a final social with their friends that will last until midnight – and we encourage them to do so if their schedule (and that of their parents) allows them to conveniently do so.

Check-out at the Academy

On the last Saturday of the Academy (June 19), staff will begin check-out for all students at 8:00 a.m. All students must be picked up no later than 11:00 a.m. If you arrive early, please be patient while staff prepares the details for check-out. All students will either be in the main lounge or the Ryle Hall cafeteria eating breakfast.

The cafeteria will have breakfast available for students and their parent/guardian. Breakfast hours are 8:30 a.m – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast that morning is included in the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy tuition for students; however, the parent/guardian will be responsible for their own breakfast. Our experience has been that most families are simply eager to get on the road.

Packing Up!

After finding your student, you may go with him/her to their room and begin bringing your student’s belongings directly outside to your vehicle. Remember to check the closet, bathroom, and drawers. We do not recommend bringing belongings to the main lounge, as it will already be crowded with other students and families. If you notice that the room is not properly cleaned, students can get cleaning supplies from the floor lounge. But it’s their room; students should clean it, not parents! Once the room is cleaned out, your role is essentially done. The student will go to the lounge on their floor with the room key to continue the checkout procedure.

Room Table

Students will then go back to their room with a preceptor to double check that the room is empty and clean and then return to the Main Lounge.

Medical Table

Students will pick up any medication they have left. Parents will have the chance to talk with the Assistant Director if they have any questions about their students’ health needs during the week.

Travel Instructions

All ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy students traveling by airplane who require transportation from arrival and departure points to the Truman campus must meet the following requirements: Students must arrive on either Sunday, June 13 or Monday, June 14, and depart on either Friday, June 18 or Saturday, June 19.

If you are traveling by plane:

All ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy students traveling by airplane who require transportation from arrival and departure points to the Truman campus must meet the following requirements: Students must arrive on Sunday, June 13, and depart on Saturday, June 19.

Kansas City Airport

We will provide transportation from the Kansas City airport on the Sunday beginning and ending the session. A $75.00 round-trip ($35.00 one-way) shuttle fee will be charged for transportation to and from the airport at Kansas City. Because of the long commute between the airport and Kirksville, all flights must arrive and depart between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Transportation will not be provided for flights arriving or departing at other times. If these limitations present unique challenges for you, please contact our office.

Kirksville Airport

It is possible to travel to Truman via the Kirksville airport. Cape Air provides three flights each day in and out of Kirksville. Flights connect from St. Louis and the St. Louis to Kirksville leg is flown on an eight-seater propeller craft. The service is reliable and safe and is regularly full. Students will need to change terminals in St. Louis to meet their Cape Air flight (generally speaking), and a van shuttle service is available to help them avoid having to go through security a second time. While we are great fans of the Cape Air service, and encourage patrons to consider it, parents will want to discuss logistics with their children if they are inexperienced fliers. Cape Air charges $52 each way, over and above the cost of your flight to St. Louis, to reach Kirksville. Both Expedia and Travelocity will enable you to include the Kirksville (IRK) leg in your itinerary planning. We continue to offer service for the KC Airport (MCI) because the overall cost of the flight and shuttle tends to be a good deal cheaper.

In order to meet the program schedule, ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy students must arrive on the 11:15 AM Cape Air Flight (10:15 St. Louis Departure) on June 13 and depart on the 7:00 AM flight on June 19.

Employees of ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy will meet you at the security checkpoint of your arrival gate. Please do not leave this point until a ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy representative meets you since they may have multiple students for pick-up. The ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy staff member will be wearing an Academy staff t-shirt and holding an Academy signs. It is important to send your picture because this will help us identify you at the airport. Students will be responsible for their meals on arrival day.

Call the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy office immediately if there is any last minute change in the flight schedule. Listen to the voicemail instructions carefully for directions on how to contact the employees responsible for airport pickup. Departing students are checked in and escorted to the security checkpoint by staff members. Because of new airport regulations, the staff member will not be able to accompany the students to gates. Students and staff will be given instructions on what to do if a flight is canceled or significantly delayed. Be sure to discuss appropriate topics of airport safety and security procedures with your student.

Note: Students under twelve may be considered “unaccompanied minors” by the airline, and you may be required to pay an extra fee (contact your airline for details). The airlines will require the name of the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy staff person who will meet such students upon arrival. We cannot provide this in advance; instead you must contact the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy office at (660) 785-5406 the day before the flight to get the staff member’s name.

If you are arriving by car:

When you enter Kirksville, you will be traveling either north or south on Highway 63. A bypass has been constructed that swings to the east of Kirksville just north and south of town. Be sure to take the Baltimore Street exit to enter Kirksville. Turn west on Normal Street and proceed to the University. (See the map below) The map will help you locate BNB Hall (backing-up to Davis Street) and a list of hotels in the area if your parents need to stay overnight.

Accommodations in Kirksville

For information on hotels in and around Kirksville, please visit our Visitor’s Guide or download a map of Kirksville and the Truman campus.